Leonid Slutsky’s Vitesse Arnhem earnt a late 2-1 win over mid-table VVV-Venlo; a strike from Ousamma Darfalou was enough for the three points.

  • by Michael Statham
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Slutsky had come under a bit of pressure recently from fans and media for dropped points against the likes of ADO, Emmen and NAC, and it seemed it would be another frustrating night for Vitesse, after Peniel Mlapa slid in a 76th minute equaliser.

The evening had started well enough for Vitesse, but did not create many good openings despite their high amount of possession. However, they did break the deadlock thanks to Martin Odegaard midway through the first half, as the Norwegian played a one-two before cutting back on his left foot and smashing home only his second goal of the campaign.

Odegaard was puling along the show for a below-par home side. Second half chances were not converted though and Mlapa’s leveller gave Vitesse fans a very familiar sinking feeling.

However, only five minutes later, Darfalou scored the winner to send supporters home happy and boost Vitesse to sixth and level on points with Utrecht who sit fourth having played a game less. VVV remain ninth.

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